Jessica Barba, the 15-year-old student who was suspended for five days after creating an anti-bullying video about a fictional 12-year-old girl who commits suicide, was able to return to Longwood High School in Middle Island, NY, on Thursday. According to NBC News, the suspension has been erased from her record after a meeting with school officials.
Barba made the YouTube video and created a fictional Facebook page as part of a school project on anti-bullying. The video told the story of a made-up 12-year-old, Hailey Bennett (played by Barba), who was the victim of daily bullying both at school and on the mock Facebook page and who took her own life. Barba had been sure to include disclaimers on both the video and the Facebook page indicating that they were fictional. But after a parent saw the page and reported it to school officials, Barba was suspended.
The school district says that it cannot comment on the case to “protect the privacy of the student.”
That student, Barba, tells NBC News that her video ”accomplished more than I could have imagined” — something of an understatement, one might say. Her father, Michael Barba, says simply that he is “the proudest father in the world.”
Many thanks to Care2 members who signed the petition requesting that Barba be allowed to go back to school!
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